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ʿAmudah: PYD detains activist due to television interview

KURDWATCH, August 13, 2013—On August 9, 2013, employees of the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) security service (Asayiş) in ʿAmudah detained Kurdish National Council member Walat Muhammad Amin ʿUje to his critical comments about the PYD in a television interview given the same day. The activist was released a few hours later. He stated to KurdWatch: »The PYD claimed that a fighter for the People’s Defense Units (YPG) was killed in a bomb attack on August 7 in ʿAmudah. In the interview, I questioned whether there had even been a bomb attack in ʿAmudah. The Asayiş first brought me to the supposed place of the attack and showed me the traces. Afterwards they brought me to the cemetery, to the grave of a YPG‑member who was allegedly killed in the attack. Now I know that there was an attack and that someone is dead. But I still cannot say whether that person was killed in this attack specifically.« Another activist stated to KurdWatch: »We believe that the PYD faked attacks on August 6 and 7 in order to prevent large gatherings on the fortieth day after the bloodbath in ʿAmudah [further information]. We have information that the YPG‑fighter was not killed in the explosion but somewhere else.«

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